Casey Frederiksen, who was caring for 5-year-old Evelyn Miller when she disappeared in 2005, has been charged with murdering and sexually abusing her.
The filing of those first-degree charges resulted from an accumulation of information, rather than any specific revelation or event, according to Chari Paulson, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
That information, she said at a press conference here Thursday, included statements by the 33-year-old Frederiksen to fellow inmates at a federal prison in Marion, Ill., where the former live-in boyfriend of Evelyn Miller’s mother is serving up to 14 years on unrelated child pornography and drug charges.
According to an affidavit filed in Floyd County District Court, Frederiksen changed his story regarding his activities the day Evelyn disappeared and disclosed information about the condition of Evelyn’s body that had not been made public.
Attempts to share the news with Evelyn’s mother, Noel Miller, had been unsuccessful, said Kevin Frampton, director of investigations for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
“We’re sad that (Evelyn’s death) happened, but we are glad (the investigation) has finally reached this point,” said Richard Christie of Waterloo, Everlyn’s grandfather.
The girl’s grandmother, Linda Christie, said it is too soon to think about forgiveness. “He raped and murdered my granddaughter. I’m in no mood to forgive someone who could do that to an innocent little girl,” she said.
Evelyn’s father, Andy Christie, did not appear at the press conference.
Evelyn was last seen alive on July 1, 2005, in her family’s apartment near Floyd. Her mother had worked an overnight shift that evening and came home to find Evelyn missing.
Hundreds of volunteers searched throughout the area in the following days. Five days later, two kayakers found the little girl’s body in the Cedar River about two miles from her home.
Floyd County Attorney Normand Klemesrud said his office is working with federal officials to bring Frederiksen back to Floyd County to face the charges.
Both Klemesrud and Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch thanked county residents for their support and assistance throughout the seven-year ordeal that ended Thursday in what Lynch described as “a glorious day.”
The affidavit in support of probable cause, filed Thursday in District Court in Charles City, detailed Frederiksen’s erratic behavior after the homicide and provided insights into one of Iowa’s most disturbing criminal cases. (story continues below video)
While hundreds of volunteers searched for Evelyn on July 2, 2005, Frederiksen drove with a friend to Des Moines and Waterloo. He was reluctant to speak about the trip, the affidavit said.
The affidavit said an autopsy conducted at the State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of death as “sharp force injuries including wounds to the neck.” The autopsy, whose findings had not been made public,also discovered evidence of sexual assault, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit describes potentially incriminating statements from six inmates who served time with Frederiksen.
An inmate at the Linn County Jail said Frederiksen told him that Evelyn had told her stepmom that she had been sexually abused. An inmate at the Bremer County Jail in Waverly said Frederiksen told him that he touched Evelyn’s body and helped carry it to the river.
Two federal prison inmates said Frederiksen told them that he had been molesting Evelyn.
The affidavit also alleges that Frederiksen had accused Randy Patrie, then of Charles City, of killing Evelyn and that he later recanted that accusation.
Patrie and Danny Slick, also then of Charles City, admitted to visiting Evelyn’s home at 2:30 a.m. on the day she was killed.
In February 2007, prosecutors charged Slick with lying to federal agents about the murder investigation. Slick was a friend of Frederiksen and one of the last people to see Evelyn alive. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.